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F/V HSIN MAN CHUN Crew Rescued from On-board Fire Thanks to AMVER Coordination

On Saturday, April 21, 70-foot Taiwanese F/V HSIN MAN CHUN caught fire, compelling the ten-person crew to abandon ship. The Coast Guard at Guam received an EPIRB signal from HSIN MAN CHUN at around 4:30 p.m., as well as word from a rescue center in Taipei that HSIN MAN CHUN's sister ship had radioed to them that HSIN MAN CHUN was on fire and that her crew were abandoning ship.

As HSIN MAN CHUN was about 700 miles west of Guam, it was a U.S. Navy P-3 aircraft out of Kadena Air Base in Japan and a 950-foot bulk carrier in the area that came to the rescue. The P-3 crew located HSIN MAN CHUN and noted that eight fishers were in a life raft while two people were still on the bridge. The P-3 crew dropped two life rafts and notified the crew of M/V SEMIRIO, which was forty miles away. Once at the scene, SEMIRIO launched a small boat and rescued all ten HSIN MAN CHUN crewmembers.

SEMIRIO is a 950-foot Marshallese-flagged, Greek-owned (Diana Shipping) bulk carrier which is enrolled in the Amver System. AMVER first began as the "Atlantic Merchant Vessel Emergency Reporting System," operating only in the nNorth Atlantic. Currently, AMVER stands for "Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue." It is sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard and is a computer-based, voluntary-enrollment global reporting system used by maritime rescue authorities all over the world to alert and divert nearby Amver-enrolled ships to mariners in peril. Amver has origins from the time of the RMS TITANTIC tragedy, at which time there was no system in place for answering or coordinating rescues at sea. Created in 1958, Amver now has approximately 20,000 ships from around the world voluntarily enrolled and ready to assist near their sailing position when called on. SEMIRIO has assisted in a number of rescues and has earned a number of Amver participation awards.

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